I decided to spend some of morning today, while drinking my morning coffee of course, perusing more articles and watching screencasts about the Playbook and developing for it. I’ve become that much more enlightened.
I remember a few weeks back getting the VMWare Fusion trial version installed, getting the Playbook’s ISO mounted in it and loading it up and thinking “what now?”. There’s nothing to do with what they have out at the moment. To unleash the fun and interesting part of it you have to enable the development mode. This allows you to finally get something on to it and play a little.
All of the material to teach you that is covered in the webcasts that they are hosting, once you’ve checked those out it’s now a snap to get moving on trying the Playbook simulator out. But out of the box, it does next to nothing. Looks nice I suppose.
So without further ado, I went ahead and got a new app started, coded a few items in and launched it in the simulator. That was neat. But I’ve got a few questions.
1. How do I get my own icon into the Playbook?
2. At what point can we code an app that isn’t built from pure actionscript?
3. Going on #2 there, is it possible to just get a previously built AIR app on to the device?
These are all questions I’m hoping somebody can answer but if I don’t get them answered then I’ll be doing my own experimenting and I’ll try to answer them myself. When I get those answers, I’ll be sure to post back here.
This device really does offer a lot and I can’t wait to mess with it and see what it can really do, instead of a simulator of course. The specs are sharp, I like the size (despite what some say), the fact that it’s a bit smaller works for me, and it’s damn light too! I always found it’s only competitor at this point a bit too heavy for hanging on to for so long, and it’s a MAJOR pain to use on a desktop without someway to prop it up on an angle. I don’t own one though.. so maybe that’s just my limited experience talking.
Either way, there will be a part 3 coming soon. Just gotta get a bit more time to play around with stuff.